Since the beginning of 2017, tensions between the United States and North Korea have been on the rise. In recent weeks, things have escalated even further as North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear attack if it is attacked by the US. There were also missiles fired over Japan.

This has many people concerned, and for a good reason. If North Korea were to launch a nuclear strike against another country, it could potentially cause millions of deaths.

North Korea’s Nuclear Weaponry

Since its formation in 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been led by the Kim dynasty. The first leader, Kim Il-sung, was a highly respected figure in North Korea and is still considered to be the country’s “eternal president.” Under his rule, North Korea became a communist state and developed close ties with the Soviet Union.

In the early 1960s, North Korea began developing its nuclear weapons program. This was in response to the United States’ deployment of atomic weapons in South Korea, which were aimed at deterring a potential attack from the Soviet Union. In October 1966, North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon.